Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café - but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father.
She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month.
When she finds herself scrawling "Your boyfriend is cheating on you!" to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling - who just happens to be her half sister - turns up dead, and suddenly Jen's homeless father is the prime suspect.
Jen knows he is being framed and must take matters into her own hands to protect him. But will anyone believe that the crazy old man is innocent? Or that his spirit-writing daughter holds the truth?
A light-hearted murder, a unique character, refreshing family dynamics and an enjoyable listen!
Wendy Roberts has written a fun book, --even the heartbreaking reality of a mentally ill parent is written with true compassion and humor. I have a schizophrenic sibling --she is hopefully now past the 'episodes' but we keep our fingers crossed. She is on her own, she is an adult, we can do very little for her, but love her. She has given us alternating periods of humor, terror and grief but if you can't laugh at the insanity of it all (pun intended) -the grief will damage your soul. Wendy Roberts gets it and writes it very well.
Also, the complexities of contemporary relationships are written in a refreshing, smart-ass style. The heroine knows she can't save her father but she can give him a cup of hot coffee; she knows she can't change her boyfriend but she can still maintain a guarded friendship after he betrays her.
This book goes in my 'waiting room playlist' A book I can pick up and put down in the dentist's waiting room or at the evil in-laws... a wonderful, amusing diversion from life's sucky realities.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The behavior of the protagonist was just too childish for words. She carries dog poop up to a neighbor's apartment because she's mad at her. Yep, that was about the end for me. She may mature, she may not, but I've already done it once and don't want to watch her try. Not that it may not be someone else's cup of tea. I confess to wondering what the missing dog and the palm itchiness is all about, which is why I bought the book. Do not care to wade through the rest. I'll wait til someone else reads it and get see if s/he will tell me.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
After I finished this I went to look for more! I love her writing, it is easy to ready with humor and suspense. Don't miss out on her books! She is also a very nice author and appreciates her fans.
The narrators nose sounded stuffed up... or maybe like her mouth was full...I don't know but it wasn't the clear, crisp narration I usually hear with audio books. I thought I would enjoy this listen like I do reading Roberts' "Ghost Dusters" series but it didn't measure up.
Where does Grounds to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top 10
What did you like best about this story?
twists and turns, and no sex
Have you listened to any of Haley Traub’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
I would listen to this kind of book and reader again.
This was a bit of a slow start for me but when I started to get into it I found it very entertaining. The characters were fun and memorable and the story moved along pretty well. It was pretty light and fluffy for a murder mystery but it seemed to work well for this book.
It seemed the ending was rushed, like she was readying for the book to over. But otherwise it was interesting.
Great Story and Characters, Haley Traub made the story! I hope we will hear more of this story.
This was a pretty good book. I can only give it three stars because it lacks maturity. The characters are immature and the reason for the murder isn't very plausible. Wendy Roberts did show some depth in the story by adding a parent with a mental illness. She treated the matter with sensitivity and honesty. Although the plot was a bit mediocre, it was a light and fluffy read.